Breaking the Book – in book form

Sometimes the absurdity of academics cracks me up. I came across a wonderful post this morning about the changing nature of history and the humanities – “Millions of Sources: the disruption of history and the humanities?

Brian Matthews introduced his post with:

“The humanities as we know them should be called the print humanities. They began with the rise of print materials and the practices and methodologies associated with them are bound to that format. Right now we have print humanities and digital humanities but eventually all humanities will be digital humanities. We’re in an evolutionary stage.”

Having written a post about “digital humanities” a couple of years ago, I was eager to see how academics were viewing the continuing evolution. Matthews referred to Breaking the Book: Print Humanities in the Digital Age by Laura Mandell.

I eagerly went to Amazon.com to purchase a Kindle version of the book. Oops.  The book was supposed to be published IN PRINT in April 2014.  Nothing there.  And there is only a pointer for a hardcover of the print version. There was no Kindle version.

At least Peter Meyers in his two versions of Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience published the Kindle version first. Yet, even Peter with his deep insights into the transformation of the print book to the digital book admits that he prefers the authoring and reading process for the print book.

Today I celebrate my transition from print to digital with this blog post. But first I must print it out so that I can edit it, and hold it, and get ink stains on my hands so that I know that I have really written something.

plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

 

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Reflecting: Our Closest Friend

Reflecting Reading of the Day:

Our Closest Friend

Our Closest Friend

Barrows, Anita; Macy, Joanna (2009-10-29). A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke (p. 6). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

Our Closest Friend

Several colleagues twenty years ago formed a group called Creative Grand Parenting. Not having grand children of my own at the time, I could not understand their joy and energy in wanting to be the best creative grand parent they could be.

Touchdown Alice

Touchdown Alice

Two years ago, our first grand daughter arrived into the world (Touchdown Alice). Something deep within me changed as I held young Alice for the first time. I could sense the generations I was a part of in simple and complex ways. As I looked deeply at her face I could see my mother, and my wife and my daughter echoed in her profile.

Until that moment I operated as a young immortal (well, OK, an old immortal). I wasn’t particularly worried about death or my legacy or the long bucket list of things I wanted to get done while I was still healthy. Young Alice put all of those thoughts in the forefront of my mind. My time on this earth is finite and I realized that death was my friend.

The words that echo through my mind over these last two years (and celebrated with the arrival of our second grand daughter) is living legacy. What can I do today to live the legacy that was passed to me and that I can pass to the generation in front of me and the generations to come. For me, death and life come together in this meme of living legacy.

Reflecting With Rilke

A year with RilkeThese daily reflections are taken from A Year with Rilke. As I embark on publishing Emails to a Young Entrepreneur which was inspired by Rilke’s Letters to a Young PoetI look forward to a daily meditation on other selections from Rilke’s poetry and writings.

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Reflecting: The Impermanence We Are

Reflecting Reading of the Day:

Impermanence We Are

Impermanence We Are

Barrows, Anita; Macy, Joanna (2009-10-29). A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke (p. 5). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

In the flow

In the flow – fermenting beer in the “air” port

The Impermanence We Are

Many years ago while building medical information systems at the Duke University Medical Center, a girl of 15 delivered a little baby boy. She was the sixth woman in her family to have a child at 15 years of age. Seven generations of the family were still alive.

It never occurred to us that a family history medical record needed to record seven generations.

That family’s impermanence was well concealed. Seven generations of a living legacy were available within a few hundred yards of each other every day of their lives. Imagine experiencing seven generations of life force.

I’ve experienced five generations of my family, but not all at once. Our families had their children later in life so I’ve only experienced three generations at any one time.

I love the phrase “We alone flow past it all, an exchange of air.”

While we are impermanent, we do flow. What does it mean to exchange air with this world around us. Air is also energy which is so difficult to see. How does my energy live and exchange with others from day to day. What new life emerges?

Do I keep silent with may air and energy or allow unspeakable hope to flow far and wide?

Reflecting With Rilke

A year with RilkeThese daily reflections are taken from A Year with Rilke. As I embark on publishing Emails to a Young Entrepreneur which was inspired by Rilke’s Letters to a Young PoetI look forward to a daily meditation on other selections from Rilke’s poetry and writings.

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Reflecting: Life’s Bestowal of Riches

Reflecting Reading of the Day:

Life's Bestowal of Riches

Life’s Bestowal of Riches

Barrows, Anita; Macy, Joanna (2009-10-29). A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke (p. 4). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

Christmas Mantel Stockings Hung with Care

Christmas Mantel Stockings Hung with Care

Life’s Bestowal of Riches

As I move into the last trimester of my life, I marvel each day at the many riches that pass by my view each minute.

This holiday season these riches are punctuated by the lives of our children and our two young granddaughters.Watching these young minds and bodies develop so quickly as they still walk in wonder about each days gifts is a constant joy.

When we studied biodynamics with Alan York at the Benziger Family Winery, it was a stunner to learn that the real work in the vineyard happens in the winter time. While what can be seen above ground looks dormant and almost dead, the root systems are at their height of growth daily exchanging riches with their soil.

These insights were a reminder of the power of winter to allow us to sink our roots deeper into the rich loam of what life has bestowed upon us.

Reflecting With Rilke

A year with RilkeThese daily reflections are taken from A Year with Rilke. As I embark on publishing Emails to a Young Entrepreneur which was inspired by Rilke’s Letters to a Young PoetI look forward to a daily meditation on other selections from Rilke’s poetry and writings.

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Entrepreneur’s 12 Step Program

With deepest respect to the 12 Step program for recovery, which has meant so much to family members, friends and colleagues in their daily struggle in recovery, I draw from the program to poke a little fun at those of us who can’t resist our addiction to entrepreneuring.

12 steps serenity

 

 

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Reflecting: Entering

Reflecting Reading of the Day:

Entering

Entering

Barrows, Anita; Macy, Joanna (2009-10-29). A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke (p. 3). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

Entering

For the last year, I regularly stepped out of my known. Frustrated with the “mentor whiplash” of working with early stage entrepreneurs, I felt there had to be a better way to provide wisdom and guidance to the job creating catalyst for our economy. The journey takes me in a thousand directions as I search for the illusive obvious.

From the least obvious tradition I can imagine – the live arts – I find the wisdom, guidance and energy that we’ve so lacked in mentoring. As I listen to the old wise ones and the young energetic ones perform and make meaning of the oldest of traditions, I hear the deep guidance I’ve needed to capture and communicate the essence of business.

These tired eyes which had almost fallen into only preserving the known, now wander with glee into acting classes, salon readings, and personal coaching. What does it mean to authentically connect and communicate with another human being? How long I’ve hidden behind my Powerpoints and regurgitated the known.

What joy to see the energy unleashed in a room when audience and teller connect with their stories.

My special joy is entering into a “WUKID loop” discussion with a new colleague where I know that I will be transformed as much or more than my dialog partner.

Reflecting With Rilke

A year with RilkeThese daily reflections are taken from A Year with Rilke. As I embark on publishing Emails to a Young Entrepreneur which was inspired by Rilke’s Letters to a Young PoetI look forward to a daily meditation on other selections from Rilke’s poetry and writings.

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Reflecting: Lifting My Eyes

Reflecting Reading of the Day:

Lifting My Eyes - Rilke

Lifting My Eyes – Rilke

Barrows, Anita; Macy, Joanna (2009-10-29). A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke (p. 2). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

Seattle Skyline at Sunset

Seattle Skyline at Sunset

Lifting My Eyes

You had me at “Lifting my eyes.” In a time when we are burying are heads in our smartphones and not even paying attention to where we are walking, today’s reflection shouts at me to WAKE UP and Lift My Eyes. The synchronicity of this reading is strange as my morning email contained a posting from my colleague, David Robinson, exhorting us to LOOK UP.

Here I am at my home office computer staring at bits on the screen, when if I would just look up I would see the magnificent ebbs and flows of the Puget Sound tidally moving back and forth. I would see the recent snows on the Cascade Mountains as winter moves into full swing. Instead, I am staring at the pixels of my mind.

Is it that simple? If I just look up, will my feelings show up as well? Can I get out of my head space and into a heartful feeling space?

For me, it is the looking up and the getting my body to move. I need to get beyond the stillness of just looking up in order to feel the night, in order to feel the constant movement of life’s waters.

Today, I am lifting my eyes.

Reflecting With Rilke

A year with RilkeThese daily reflections are taken from A Year with Rilke. As I embark on publishing Emails to a Young Entrepreneur which was inspired by Rilke’s Letters to a Young PoetI look forward to a daily meditation on other selections from Rilke’s poetry and writings.

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